These rare doll-sized pieces always intrigue me. Someone went to great lengths and an incredible amount of painstaking work and craftsmanship to create this gorgeous chest. This chest is perfect for your 15-18 inch dolls (fashions or bébés) and is special in that we believe this was made to give tribute to a revered family member in the artistic telling of a story of discovery. The wood seems to be a fine birdseye maple. The illustrations are finely engraved into the wood, and then there is a gentle color stain that brings the illustrations to life. Beautiful and one of a kind. Circa late 1700s/early 1800s and is French.
8"Hx12" Wx6" D